In Pictures: Wickerman festival heralds start of summer

Visitors flocked to Waterlooville, Hampshire, for the traditional Beltain Festival.

The Celtic celebration, at Butser Ancient Farm, marks the beginning of summer.

Organisers said the event drew a sell-out crowd.

Beltain Festival – Hampshire
People attach messages and wishes to the giant wickerman (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
The Hook Eagle Morris Dancers perform during the Beltain Festival (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
Visitors were encouraged to keep warm on a chilly evening (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
Members of the Pentacle Drummers perform in front of the burning wickerman (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
Beltain Festival – Hampshire
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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